Thoughts on Outreach Part 2
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Active, intentional preparation is an important and easily overlooked part of gospel outreach. Whether we are participating in a formal outreach event or you simply find ourselves in an unplanned conversation concerning faith, preparation allows us to make the most of every opportunity afforded to us, as we seek to share the gospel with others. Let me suggest two crucial ways that we can prepare so that we may share our faith with greater confidence and clarity.
The first way that we prepare to make the most of any opportunity is through prayer. Begin by praying that God would give you opportunities to share the gospel with your neighbors, co-workers, friends, family, and whomever else you meet throughout your day. Don’t just pray that you would be ready, should you happen to find yourself in such a conversation; rather, ask God to provide you with these opportunities. As well, ask God to provide these opportunities for others in the church, in your Agapé community, and in your Roots group.
A second way to prepare is by rehearsing clear and simple summaries of the gospel and of our own personal testimonies to share in these conversations. Prepare an answer for the question “Why did Jesus come and die?” and share your answer with those who are in your Agapé community or Roots group. Listen to how others answer the question and refine your answer accordingly. Then try to commit the main points to memory, so it will be easy to recall at a moment’s notice. Finally, do the same with your personal testimony, focusing on how Jesus is the hero of your story.